We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Masters and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, is there something you believe many others might not?
Everyone is always waiting. Sure planning can be good, for some things, but life is so much more interesting when you just jump into whatever it is your waiting to do. 46 years I’ve been a citizen of this whirly rock and let me tell you, I waited. And waited. And I waited some more and nothing good has ever come of it. Once I decided to live my life with my eyes wide open to all the possibilities, I found the things I had been waiting on. Happiness. Joy. Purpose. That is within you right now. All of it. Just take the plunge and do what you have always dreamt of or maybe just do something spontaneous. Whatever it is, quit waiting on some miraculous moment to make it happen. Fail forward. Live your life and quit waiting on moments that seem to never come. Life is finite but it’s full of infinite possibilities.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Becoming a successful fine art and wedding photographer in an extremely over-saturated market has been one of the most challenging endeavors of my life and I am still working on it. When I started to work my business full-time I did so while I had 3 of my 4 kids in marching band. Little did I know that this was going to be my biggest education on photography. It was a whirlwind of band camps, football games, marching performances and concerts. I photographed it all. I quickly surmised that capturing those moments in the band room, on the bus, on the field, inside stadiums and concert halls, was going to help me become a great wedding photographer. I mastered just about every variable a wedding photographer could face. Now that my kids have all graduated I am turning my attention to the client experience and continuing to grow my network with vendors and through mentorships with upcoming photographers.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Kansas City. Home to the world’s best barbeque! We’d have to go down to the Arthur Bryant’s on Brooklyn to really experience the most legendary barbecue Kansas City has to offer. I’m a coffee lover so we’d have to go to The Roasterie in the Crossroads District to do the Factory Tour and have a cup of my favorite espresso. Speaking of tours we’d tour Boulevard Brewery while we were in the Crossroads (amazing wedding venue by the way) and maybe we’d do a photo tour of the Historic West Bottoms. We’d have to have a night out on 18th & Vine and take in a show in the Blue Room.
Kansas City isn’t just about barbeque, we have a rich jazz history that I just love. You can’t forget the cabaret shows down at Missie B’s… or our sports teams. I mean we The Royals, The Chiefs and Sporting KC. Something for any sports enthusiast. Seriously though, Kansas City has everything you hope to have in a city of its size and then some. Our history is rich and we are truly some of the kindest people you will every come across. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Chet Smith of Chet Smith Photography based out Springfield, Missouri, has been my photography mentor since 2011. Without his encouragement and instruction I would not be here a decade later working for myself and shooting 30-40 weddings a year along with shooting many other projects.